Manchester United appoint John Murtough as club's first football director
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Manchester United have appointed a new director of football. The role has been given to John Murtough, who has been at the club for about seven years.

Darren Fletcher is Man Utd’s new technical director. These new appointments are part of what Manchester United term as the evolution of their organisation structure.

John Murtough will become the first person in the club to hold that position. His appointment is a promotion from his previous role in the club as the head of football development.

Murtough has a rich history in football, having been at clubs such as Fulham and Everton. He joined United in 2013, becoming the club’s head of football development in 2016.

Manchester United appoint John Murtough as club's first football director
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His work at the Manchester United academy and the women’s team is likely to have propelled his new appointment to director of football.

According to sources from the club, he is said to have had a major impact and say in the recruitment of the women team in 2018.

The women’s team is doing extremely well despite only being formed recently, currently sits third in the women league standings.

The Manchester United academy is another area where John Murtough has been involved immensely. His recruitment of young talent has been exceptional, having attracted talents like Hannibal Mejbri and having enabled them promoted to first-team football to many academy graduates.

His new role as director of football will involve responsibilities, such as overall leadership and operations and strategy across all football functions.

Murtough will work with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to create structures, processes and culture to deliver sustained success on the pitch.

His daily work will involve aligning recruitment strategies to ensure that the first team has the operations support it requires.

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Ed Woodward, the United Executive Vice-Chairman, said in a statement:

“These are hugely important appointments that reinforce the progress we have been making as a club in recent years in our relentless pursuit of success. We have already made great strides forward in the way we run our football operations, and the benefits are visible in the resurgent pipeline of Academy talent reaching the first team and through our improved recruitment record. John has been integral to our progress in all these areas and his deep understanding of development ensures the club’s traditions of bringing young players through from the Academy to the first team will continue. This new position is a natural evolution that harnesses his leadership qualities and his years of experience in the game.”

In an interview, John Murtough said:

“This is such an exciting time for everyone at Manchester United with the first team, Academy and Women’s team all performing strongly, and plenty of development still to come. It’s a privilege to be part of that process, and an honour to lead Manchester United’s football department, working alongside Ole, Casey and so many other truly outstanding staff all dedicated to delivering success to this club.”

Manchester United will now look set to enter a new summer transfer market with a director of football.

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